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Moonraker Miniatures Inactive Member20 Apr 2016 3:18 a.m. PST

I hope I've got the nomenclature for this aircraft right but anyway, there were a couple buzzing round over Windsor yesterday. Am I correct in thinking only the US uses them? And if so, what were they doing in the UK yesterday?

I'm guessing their presence is connected to Obama's visit next week – does this sound likely?


OldGrenadier at work20 Apr 2016 4:18 a.m. PST

You're correct that the USMC and USAF are the only current users. I understand that the USAF has several at bases in the UK, but it is also possible that the ones over Windsor may be connected to the upcoming presidential visit. BTW, the Japanese Self-Defense Force has some Ospreys on order.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Apr 2016 5:18 a.m. PST

There's at least one UK-based unit (7th Special Operations Squadron out of Mildenhall, so CV-22s rather than MV-22s) but you're probably right that the activity is prep for the presidential visit – there's definitely a dinner with the queen on the itinerary, and if it's at Windsor Castle, US special ops sniffing around beforehand would hardly be a surprise.

Private Matter20 Apr 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

There's something about an osprey that I can watch every time see one. Where I live osprey overflights are a daily occurrence. I love how they rattle the windows.

Moonraker Miniatures Inactive Member20 Apr 2016 8:52 a.m. PST

I read elsewhere that the unit that flies the Presidential helicopter (Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, apparently) also has Osprey's for various Presidential uses. Maybe these came from that unit rather than the USAAF one?


Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Apr 2016 9:37 a.m. PST

[Googles] Hmm, looks like you might be on the money there:


plutarch 6420 Apr 2016 5:01 p.m. PST

There were two here for the Presidential visit to Brisbane in 2014. They flew over the roof of my house, taking him from the local golf course back to the RAAF base at Amberley.

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member28 Apr 2016 1:22 p.m. PST

Yes, they were/are part of the Presidential air armada.

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